The Most Fun Upcoming Summer Events in Bethlehem, PA

The Lehigh Valley is full of activities and events year-round, but the summer season has great things in store for visitors. You’ll find a variety of special events, festivals, and celebrations featuring plenty of live music, art, food and more. And, when you stay with us at the Sayre Mansion, you’ll be located in the heart of historic Bethlehem, close to all the action! This summer, be sure to check out these events in Bethlehem, PA.

In addition to these upcoming events in Bethlehem, PA, the Lehigh Valley offers dozens of other amazing things to do. Request a copy of our FREE Vacation Guide today for more information and recommendations for dining, historic sites, outdoor activities, shopping, and more!

Downtown Bethlehem Fine Arts & Craft Show | May 13-14

For over 50 years, downtown Bethlehem fills with over 80 fine artists and craft artisans selling local, handmade items. The Mother’s Day weekend event takes place on historic Main Street and in the downtown shopping district. The Downtown Bethlehem Fine Arts & Crafts Show includes a juried exhibition and great shopping opportunities. Street music, children’s activities, and an artist-in-residence program round out the festivities. It is a great way to come out and support the strong Bethlehem art scene.

Blueberry Festival | July 15-16

This July, head to Burnside Plantation to enjoy the annual Blueberry Festival, dubbed “the sweetest festival of the summer!” This wonderful highlight of the summer event calendar takes place on the grounds of the historic, 18th-century Burnside Plantation. The plantation is Bethlehem’s “farm in the city,” offering 6.5 acres of lush green space within the city limits. At the Blueberry Festival, you’ll tour this historic destination and indulge in all things blueberry. The festival features blueberry pie eating contests, colonial crafts and games, live music, food and more. This is one of the events in Bethlehem, PA, that is a classic summer treat.

Musikfest | August 4-13

Musikfest is the ultimate summer festival. It’s not only a major event for the Lehigh Valley, but it is also one of the largest events in the state. And all of it takes place right here in Bethlehem! The 10-day extravaganza features live music on 14 stages throughout town. You’ll also enjoy free events, food, drinks, fine artisans, and a fireworks show. This year’s headliners include Toby Keith, The Band Perry, Lee Brice, and more. In addition, there will be over hundreds of free performances on the streets and in the parks. With so many amazing things to offer, it’s no wonder that Musikfest is one of the most-attended summer events in Bethlehem, PA, each year.

2017 Musikfest Headliners Concert Schedule

  • Santana | August 4
  • Chicago | August 5
  • Toby Keith presented by Ford F-Series | August 10
  • The Band Perry | August 11
  • The American Made Tour- Lee Brice & Justin Moore | August 12
  • JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson | August 13

First Friday | All Summer Long

Technically, First Friday in Bethlehem is a year-round event. But, if you ask us, the best time of year to experience this fantastic community event is when the weather is warm in the summer. On the first Friday of the month, local merchants, restaurants, and galleries pull out all the stops for a fun night in south Bethlehem.

First Friday Dates This Summer

  • May 5
  • June 2
  • July 7
  • August 4
  • September 1

Experience Amazing Events in Bethlehem, PA, and Stay with Us!

When you’re making plans to attend these summer events in Bethlehem, PA, don’t forget to book your stay at the Sayre Mansion. Our rooms and suites have an abundance of historic charm and timeless elegance, paired with the modern conveniences you look for in a home away from home.  The perfect way to fuel up before taking on all of these summer events in Bethlehem, PA, a full breakfast each morning is included in your stay! The staff of our Bethlehem bed and breakfast along with the setting of the historic 1858 mansion will make your time in the area truly special.  We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Photo credit: Getty Images